ImmigrationCalculation and Knowledge
It's impossible to calculate the cost and benefit immigration without considering psychic profit and loss. And the government definitely is in no position to make any calculations at all.
Taxes and Spending
If Social Security was efficient, equitable, reliable and sustainable, defending the status quo might be sensible. But it is none of those things.
Free MarketsInterventionismOther Schools of Thought
Anthony Flood has written a valuable study of the surprising failure of the Communist historian Herbert Aptheker to cite C.L.R. James's Black Jacobins, despite its clear relevance to his work.
Despite spending nearly $2 trillion, or 45% of the federal budget, every year on Social Security and Medicare, the feds are headed toward insolvency, and there is no relief in sight.
War and Foreign Policy
America's "defense" budget is really more than $1.2 trillion, more than double the Pentagon's official "base budget," once we include all the other related spending like that on "homeland security" and veterans affairs.